The nicest thing about having two cats is watching them hang out together. Holly and Thunder have a routine: Holly will walk up to Thunder and sort of shove her head into his face, he’ll start to groom her, and she’ll purr so loudly that I can hear her across the room (proving that you don’t need to be human to activate Insta-Purr™). Sometimes Thunder will initiate these sessions, but it’s always Thunder grooming Holly, never the other way around. This always struck me as a little odd, because Holly was 8 years old when I brought a tiny ten-week-old Thunder home for the first time; you’d think the adult cat would groom the kitten, not the other way around.
Holly spent several hours at one vet’s office last Monday and most of the day at another last Tuesday. At home after each of those visits, Thunder would approach her in slow motion, sniff her, hiss, and back away. Things have been improving since then, but now whenever Holly tries to get Thunder to groom her, he’ll just walk away. It’s kind of heartbreaking to watch her go to her cat friend for comfort only to be rejected. I’m not sure whether he’s just reacting to her vet visits or whether he senses that there’s something more deeply wrong.
The two cats do seem to be perfectly relaxed near each other now, so I’m somewhat hopeful that things will get back to normal between them. Holly has another vet appointment tomorrow, though, so I expect another temporary setback before that happens.